Before I delve into the riveting topic of today’s post- when to workout- let’s get yesterday out of the way. It was actually a pretty boring day. I woke up to my alarm at 4:45 thinking I would get a run in before work, but I pressed the snooze button 57 times and didn’t get out of bed until 5:30. By that time, I had to get some school work done and get ready to leave.
Breakfast was an amazing mug of overnight oats- I mixed in some vanilla protein powder, peaches, and blueberries.
This morning at school we had a standardized exam which was okay. We take the same exam at the end of the year to see how we’ve progressed through third year. It consisted of 5 different patients- we got 15 min with the first patient and then 10 minutes to diagnose them and write it all up. Then we moved on the the next patient.
I ate lunch in the car on the way to my next clinic- tuna, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, and an ezekiel tortilla
My afternoon session was wonderful actually. My preceptor is so intelligent and is always teaching us really cool things. For example:
Did you know the average American diet consists of only 1/2 serving of fruit and 1 serving of veggies!?!?! Please tell me this isn’t true!!!
Also, did you know that our kidneys have unlimited potential to excrete potassium but only a set amount of potential to excrete sodium?
And did you know that most fruits and veggies contain a lot of potassium but very little sodium?
So if we were eating fruits and veggies like we are supposed to, our kidneys would be very happy. But when we switch to processed pizza and pickles, our cells get overloaded with sodium and deprived of potassium. When that much sodium enters the cells in your blood vessels, it brings calcium along with it. When you get calcium building up in your arteries, you get CALCIFIED arteries –> high blood pressure –> heart disease –> heart attack –> bad news. (Clearly all this happens over a long period of time so if you were planning on having pickles for lunch I think you’re still okay).
So bottom line- eat veggies. And if you must have pizza, make it a veggie pizza 😉 and as long as you put fresh strawberries on top of dessert its okay… at least that’s what I’m telling myself.
After clinic I came home, made a big bowl of greek yogurt and bananas and had a slice of my roommates zucchini bread…okay 2 slices… not the best choice, but it was so good (thanks Kristen!)
After watching MisAdvised (has anyone seen that show yet? I embarrassingly love it) I dragged myself to the computer and studied for about 10 minutes.
Then it was time to get moving! Arms and Running today. I did arms in my room with 25lb weights for most of it and I was dying! I switched to 10lbs for some flies and finished off with a ton of pushups. I ran (and walked- a lot) on the Monon Trail which is a great running spot in Indianapolis. 6.25 miles in 1 hour 15 minutes- I told you I walked a lot!
Running last night brought me to this thought: I have ALWAYS struggled with finding a good time to workout.
I like working out in the morning because it feels sooo good to know that you have your workout done and when you get home from a long day you can just relax. I like working out in the afternoon because I like to study in the mornings and after a long day it feels good to de-stress at the gym.
If I workout in the morning, I often stress about not spending that time studying. If I workout at night, I still stress about not studying- and sometimes I’m so tired I don’t work as hard or I skip out on the workout all together.
So when oh when shall I workout??
In This Study, researchers found that workload increased in both men and women when they performed their exercises in the afternoon compared with the morning.
While searching, I found another super interesting article- Television viewing and risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and all-cause mortality: a meta-analysis. This was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2011. It showed that, “Prolonged TV viewing was associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and all-cause mortality.”
Wow- maybe I should lay off Bravo and E! for a while.
Anyways, back to my original question- what time of day is best to workout? I think that I can say in a very broad sense, if you are trying to become the absolute picture of fitness perfection, the afternoon might be your best bet to lift those weights. But a.m. cardio might help you out too. I think that in the real world, the best time of the day to workout is whenever you want to workout.
If you make it to the gym at all that day- that’s what counts. It doesn’t matter if it’s at 6am or 6pm. It doesn’t matter if it’s a run around the block or doing burpees in your room like a crazy person. So I will continue my sporadic schedule of a mixture of am and pm workouts. All I care is that I got my sweat on that day.
Is anyone here a consistent worker-outer at a specific time? What makes you want to workout at that time?
Have a great day!!